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Trustee nominations 2014

Nominations were  opened for trustees to Home Birth Aotearoa viagra non prescription Trust in June. We welcomed nominations from all members of our home birth community. From this we had some warm responses and are excited to see the interest in contributing to the Home levitra drugs for sale online Birth Aotearoa trust board. Even though nominations have now closed we will continue to invite interested parties to contact us about joining the trust board, along with some robust discussion at Hui (see the save the date below) https://homebirth.org.nz/magazine/viagra-buy-uk/ around this.

Do you value the levitra buy levitra online viagra work Home Birth Aotearoa do for you? Do you feel you would like to contribute to the future direction of Home mexican viagra Birth Aotearoa?

If you are passionate about Home Birth Aotearoa, and think you can fill a role, please email us at admin@homebirth.org.nz.  The future of our organisation is dependent on the support we receive from our community.

For various reasons, most of the women who are part of the current Trust Board have resigned, and we therefore need to urgently fill a number of formal voluntary roles in order to continue operating effectively. These volunteer roles are well supported by our paid staff and require a commitment of approximately 10 hours a month. These roles include:

· Chairperson
· Treasurer
. Board member

We are all aware of the voice and passion  that Home Birth Aotearoa has provided to our Home Birth community, including securing funding from the Ministry of Health and the provision of resources. For this to successfully continue, we need a committed and passionate Trust Board which can safeguard and direct the organisation going forward.

We would love to hear from you, and are very happy to answer any questions you may have about what the roles involve.

Trusteeship is a voluntary position,  strategically managing the activities of the trust in collaboration with our existing trustees and employees. Becoming a trustee is a valuable and honoring opportunity, where you can utilise your passion, knowledge and skills, whilst meeting new people and gaining new skills. There are opportunities for growth on the board. 

Home Birth Aotearoa is the national organisation representing the regional home birth groups throughout Aotearoa. Home Birth Aotearoa would not exist without the regional associations whom it represents and who help deliver our key activities on a regional level.
Currently there are around 25 regional groups, ranging from legal entities to informal groups. All are actively involved in supporting home birth in their regions.
Home Birth Aotearoa Trust is a charitable trust which was formed on 26 July 2007. The Trust was formed to enable collective accountability and sustainability of a national home birth organisation via a legally recognised entity. National Hui are convened annually with members of all regional groups invited. The AGM is held at the same time. Regional groups are invited and supported to arrange local pod hui on an annual basis also. A conference is hosted biennially (every two years) by a regional association.

We welcome your application to the board.

Our Goals:

1) That home birth is recognised and promoted as an option for the place of birth for the majority of NZ women and their whanau
2) To increase the number of New Zealand women and their whanau choosing to birth at home
3) To have a strong and flourishing network of active home birth groups throughout Aotearoa
4) To have input into maternity strategy and policy- making to enable empowering birth experiences and outcomes, and healthy, thriving families
5) To uphold the articles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi

How we work:

The structure of Home Birth Aotearoa has the trust at the core – regional home birth groups contributing to each other and the trust and vice versa. The trust holds the contract for national delivery of home birth coordination and collectively the HBA community has input into the planning and delivery. We use collaborative, consensus decision making to operate.

What does trusteeship involve?

Trustees are responsible for the governance of Home Birth Aotearoa Trust. They are accountable to the national network of home birth associations and support groups (Home Birth Aotearoa) to set and achieve goals which support the goals of the Trust. This includes accountability for financial transactions (including funding, expenditure and assets) and legislative and compliance issues relating to the provision of any services. Further details on who we are, and what we do, are on our about us page.

Trustees will need to be able to commit to:

• timely participation in the online agenda of board business
• regular meetings (4-6 weekly) by teleconference
• attendance at national Hui
• some trustees have specific accountability e.g.: Treasurer, Facilitator, and/or contributing to initiatives
• thinking at a national level, providing guidance, clarity and direction for long and short-term goals
• nurturing of one pod area (group of regional associations). This involves regular seasonal contact and supporting connectedness.

Trustees will have:

• a passion for home birth, accompanied by 5-10 hrs of investable time per month
• a commitment to supporting and empowering women, their whanau and their communities in their choice to birth at home
• a commitment to Home Birth Aotearoa
• an ability and commitment to expressing their own opinions and perspectives
• an ability and commitment to working constructively with others, sometimes from different backgrounds and points of view
• the support of their families in undertaking a trusteeship
• the support and endorsement of their regional home birth association or support group

Anyone who is a member (or the equivalent) of, and is endorsed by a Home Birth Association or Home Birth Support Group in Aotearoa.
Previous governance or committee experience is helpful but not essential.
An annual honorarium is not currently paid to trustees, however reimbursement for Hui travel is.

The Existing Trust Board:

The trust board is governed by up to 8 trustees, with a quorum of 5, under a trustee deed established in 2007.
Copies of the trust deed are available on request.

Current trustees:
1 Sian Hannagan –  Dunedin Home Birth Association, Interim Magazine Editor:Remaining in seat
2 Mayana Sipes – Auckland Home Birth Support, Group Project Coordinator& PR/Media: Remaining in seat
3 Sharon Knightbridge –Westcoast Home Birth Association, Resources: Term expired, standing for new term
4 Rachel Correa – Home Birth Hawkes Bay, Facilitator Term expired: Vacating seat
5 Cecile Tamang – Dunedin Home Birth Association, Regional Liaison: Vacating seat
6 Nadia Kersel – Home Birth Hawkes Bay, Board Secretary & PR/Media: Remaining in seat
7 Vicki Rogers – Dunedin Home Birth Association: Vacating seat
8 Vacant seat Previous treasurer: Seat available
Home Birth Aotearoa Trust is seeking the appointment of 5 Trustees. (one for a 2 year term)
Currently there is no limit on the amount of terms a Trustee can be nominated and elected for.

How to Apply:

Please complete and return this nomination form


via email to: admin@homebirth.org.nz or by post to:

HBAT PO Box 8053 Dunedin 9041

If you require further information, please contact Tess Trotter at admin@homebirth.org. nn

Trustees will be ratified at the National Home Birth hui in October.

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Save the Date! National Spring hui 2014

Tena Kotou,

We are pleased to advise the date for the Home Birth Aotearoa national hui has been set for the weekend of the 10th, 11th and 12th of October. The hui is likely to start on the Friday in the early afternoon and finish around lunch time on the Sunday. The hui will be held in Auckland this year, hostessed by the Auckland home birth support group whanau. The event will be family friendly, of course!

As always, we are eager for as many regional representatives to attend hui as possible and have a hui travel budget to support this. Please start this conversation within your regional groups and families.

Registration details to follow.

He maiatanga tonu, ta te mahi nga tahi
Courage arises, where there is unity of purpose



Home Birth Aotearoa

LLL Conference – 50 Years Strong

Don’t forget – The La Leche League are hosting a conference in October, this is a great opportunity to be up-to-date with the latest in breastfeeding knowledge and research.

In recognition of fifty years of La Leche League mother-to-mother breastfeeding support in New Zealand, LLLNZ is organising Breastfeeding Support, our Foundation, Our Future Te Tautoko Whakangote: Tō mātou tūāpapa, haere ake nei

We are presenting a diverse array of speakers including our key note speakers Diana West (author of the book “Making More Milk”) and Pinky McKay (author of the books Sleeping like a Baby and Parenting by Heart)

During the celebrations we will hosting the launch of our history book “ Latching On:  50 years of Breastfeeding Support – La Leche League in New Zealand 1964-2014”

WHEN:     Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th  October 2014

WHERE:   Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre, Auckland

View programme and register at this link: http://www.lalecheleague.org.nz/news-a-events/lllnz-conference-2014/312-lllnz-50th-anniversary-conference-2014

LLL Conference

Microbirth on a Macro scale

Latest Science Suggests How We Give Birth Impacts Lifelong Health of Children And Could Affect Future of Humanity

Could the way we are born determine our future health and even impact the future of humanity? These are questions explored in a new feature-length documentary “Microbirth” premiering in hundreds of grass-roots public screenings around the world on Saturday 20th September 2014.

Look here on our calendar for details of local screenings.

Featuring prominent scientists from the UK and North America, “Microbirth” warns that modern birth practices could be interfering with critical biological processes making our children more susceptible to disease.

Recent population studies have shown babies born by Caesarean have approximately a 20% increased risk of developing asthma, 20% increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes, a similar risk with obesity and slightly smaller increases in gastro-intestinal conditions like Crohn’s disease or celiac disease. All of these conditions are linked to the immune system.

“Microbirth” explores several possible plausible explanations. One hypothesis is that if normal vaginal birth is interfered with or bypassed completely because of Caesarean birth, this could alter the “seeding of the baby’s microbiome”, the critical transfer of bacteria from mother to baby at birth. Scientists suggest this could lead to the baby’s immune system not developing to its full potential. Another hypothesis is the actual process of vaginal birth, including the cocktail of hormones produced during labour, could profoundly affect the baby’s immune regulation and metabolism.

Dr Rodney R Dietert, Professor of Immunotoxicology at Cornell University, says, “Over the past 20-30 years, we’ve seen dramatic increases in childhood asthma, type 1 diabetes, celiac disease, childhood obesity. We’ve also seen increases in Caesarean delivery. Does Caesarean cause these conditions? No. What Caesarean does is not allow the baby to be seeded with the microbes. The immune system doesn’t mature. And the metabolism changes. It’s the immune dysfunction and the changes in metabolism that we now know contribute to those diseases and conditions.”

Dr Matthew Hyde, Research Associate of Neonatal Medicine, Imperial College London says, ”We are increasingly seeing a world out there with what is really a public health time-bomb waiting to go off. And the research we are doing suggests it is only going to get worse, generation on generation. So tomorrow’s generation really is on the edge of the precipice unless we can begin to do something about it.”

The film’s co-director Toni Harman says, “Caesarean Sections are essential and often are life-saving. However, up until now, no-one has really looked into the long-term impact. This emerging research is painting an alarming picture in terms of future health across populations. There may even be repercussions for the future of humanity. And yet, up until now, I don’t hear any alarm bells ringing.”

“Microbirth” will be released worldwide on Saturday 20th September 2014.

Are you holding a screening locally in New Zealand? Comment here or email us with the details of your screening to be added to our website and facebook page. You can share your screening info with Microbirth here

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